Sunderland trial for Sunzu

Sunderland boss Martin O’Neill has confirmed he is running the

rule over Zambia international Stoppila Sunzu.

The 23-year-old central defender has been training with the

Black Cats, and he has already played in a fixture behind closed

doors.

Sunzu was forced out of the action with a slight knee injury,

while he will also head out on international duty for a World Cup

qualifier in Lesotho.

Premier League rivals Reading pulled out of the race for Sunzu

in January due to a contract dispute with TP Mazembe.

The Congolese club eventually resolved that Sunzu was under

contract until 2015, rather than being a free agent, but Mazembe

have given the player permission to train with Sunderland.

O’Neill told the Sunderland Echo: “He played a little game the

other day, but he had a swollen knee before he came here and he had

to come off in the game.

“That will stop him training for a week at most. And then he’ll

be going away to play during the international break so we’ll

monitor him during that game.

“But I haven’t seen enough of him yet to make a decision on

him.”